Tuesday, August 06, 2002

The Yellow Wall of Silence

Speaking of the 2000 election, Bob Somerby of The Daily Howler has published another exposé of the Washington Post's Ceci Connolly's dishonesty. This time Somerby proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Connolly's sneering insinuation regarding President Gore's draft lottery number wasn't just mistaken, it was an obviously deliberate and dishonest attempt to smear him.

In case you're not familiar with Connolly's "journalism," you should be aware that in January 2000, she and fellow journalistic felon, Katherine Seelye of The New York Times, got caught red-handed -- by high school kids! -- lying in print about something President Gore had said about Love Canal, and then using the phony quotes to smear Gore as a liar. Now, if someone at my college newspaper had gotten caught using phony quotes to smear someone, they would've been fired on the spot.

But this is the Washington Post and New York Times we're talking about. Not only weren't Connolly and Seelye fired...they weren't even taken off the Gore campaign beat!

Funny how the only places I ever read about this kind of journalistic malpractice is on websites like The Daily Howler and Media Whores Online. Just as good cops all too often protect their corrupt and brutal colleagues with a Blue Wall of Silence, so too do good journalists protect their corrupt colleagues like Connolly, Seelye, and the New York Times' Frank Bruni and Jeff Gerth with a Yellow Wall of Silence.

That's why you'll never hear about this on the Conservative News Network's (CNN) alleged media criticism program hosted by Howard Kurtz, "Reliable Sources."

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